September 25th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 06:30pm on 25/09/2017 under
Pyrrharctia Isabella

Woolly bears everywhere today! You know, though, I have never seen them anywhere but on the ground, usually inching their way toward the nearest road. It's like they've got a death wish. I've actually turned my fair share of woolly bear around in the hopes of saving it from getting squished, but the fool things always seem to turn back around and head for the road. Anyway, I did a double-take when I saw this one and immediately thought it was trying to camouflage itself, haha. The further I walked, the more woolly bears I saw like this.

Hmmm. you know what they say about the woolly bear and its bands - I wonder if there's some folklore about them breaking pattern and perching well above ground. Maybe they're all getting ready to turn themselves into moths. Interesting.
September 24th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 01:27pm on 24/09/2017 under ,

The problem with the "plan" I have on weekends to do most of my chores and projects on Saturdays and finish things up on Sundays is that I reallllllly cannot find motivation to do anything on Sundays. Whoops.
September 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 01:44pm on 23/09/2017 under
Just a Number

Why are fragrance advertisements so bizarrely ridiculous?

Watching Miami Vice right now. While I understand why it was groundbreaking, the acting is dreadful. Some of the worst I have ever seen. Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas got pretty lucky being cast, considering their thespian skills are cringeworthy at the kindest. Also, if MV is responsible for current music being used for cues I'm not sure I appreciate the influence. LOL. I've reached an age where I get annoyed when the music is so loud I can't hear dialogue.

*wanders off looking for a cane to shake at someone young*

ETA: Surprisingly, though, I'm not finding the fashion particularly objectionable, more specifically the women's fashion.
September 22nd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 07:12pm on 22/09/2017 under ,
"What do you mean you forgot the cookies?"

Oh, this pooch. He is another one of those instant loves - he is calm when anyone comes in, just looks at everyone with that soulful gaze and wags his tail. He's a dream to walk, always checks in with you, and loves to run and play. I love him. Plus, he's drop dead gorgeous. It's always a treat when I get to take him out, and here's hoping he goes fast.
September 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 07:49pm on 21/09/2017 under
Red Dragon(fly)

I finally captured this dragonfly. It's been zooming around the building for a while and either wouldn't stop, or stopped when all I had on me was my cell phone. Not the best backdrop, but beggars can't be choosers.

Also, today I realized how grateful I should be that I have a moderate level of smarts. I have no idea how the person I saw managed to make it to adulthood. No diagnosed developmental delays, just old fashioned "duh, what?"
September 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 07:04pm on 20/09/2017 under ,
Actual Succulent

Yesterday, someone brought in a three month old pit bull puppy. He is the cutest baby, I'm not even exaggerating. White with a black patch over one eye and a nearly perfectly circular black spot on his rump. The reason? "He pees."

Yes, folks, someone brought a puppy in for peeing. Grrrr.

And today a sweet 9 month old pup got returned because she was too high energy for the people. It's so easy to fall in love with a dog at the shelter but get in way over your head in reality. I totally know how that goes. "My" little pup has moved out of my neighborhood, so I don't get to see her anymore. :(
September 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 06:29pm on 19/09/2017 under
Tiny Arachnid

What a day. It's boot weather, suddenly, so I was rooting around in my shoe closet (don't judge me, it's not like that, really). I've intended to get an actual boot rack for my boots, but haven't ever got motivated enough and so have them kind of stuffed into a large plastic storage bin, without the lid on. As I was looking for the left boot for one pair this morning, I started sniffing. I bought these little shoe freshener balls that I shift around from shoe to shoe. I don't like the smell of those things, actually, but this wasn't that. It was ...

Cat. Pee.

Apparently someone liked my shoe closet as a hideyhole when terrified and peed. All over my boot collection. This was probably months ago, so the smell is good and set in. *bangs head on wall* I suspect Abe, as when Pickle was peeing outside of the box a while back it was a direct commentary on the lack of suitable box options for her and no one else is a peer.

Then I came home to a giant puddle of puke under my kitchen table. THAT was Pickle, who hates getting brushed like whoa, then constantly barfs up hairballs. *bangs head on wall*

I love them, though, the little peeing and puking menaces.
September 18th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 07:17pm on 18/09/2017 under
Acronicta Hesperida

We had a tornado warning today. People were in a tizzy for a short while, including my boss who gathered us all together in the midst of it ... in the corner-situated conference room, which has two exteriors walls made entirely of windows. LOL. Me: I don't think this is where we should actually BE...

But nothing came of it. It's not common for tornadoes, though last year a small town down the coast got hit - they come up off of the ocean.
September 17th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 03:33pm on 17/09/2017 under ,
Jaffa Cake

About four and a half years ago, maybe longer (holy crow, where does time go?) I tackled homemade Jaffa Cakes but substituted orange curd in place of the jelly. They were delicious and I think they won the monthly contest on the now-defunct Bake,Bake,Bake community. This time, I went for the jelly but despite the apparent health qualities of gelatin, it just grosses me out to think on. So, I used agar powder.


Innit pretty? Texturally, a bit grainier than gelatin, but it tastes fine. I do wonder if the orange will come through the chocolate. I had a heck of a time getting these covered. The jelly disks didn't want to stick to the cakes and the chocolate didn't want to stick to the jelly disks. They're a little sloppy, too, and I am 99% sure I over folded the flour into the sponge, but these are just for work folks. They'll get eaten. Hah.

Recipe here.
September 16th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 04:04pm on 16/09/2017 under

Not sure what kind of plant this is. I liked the leaf pattern.

Walked to the tile store today to scope out shower tiles. I'm still not convinced I can do this project by myself and I've about reached my limit with the white small-tiled bathroom floor as well. White floor + long dark hair = a big, ugly pain! I can't go in the bathroom without shedding at least one hair. The shower is a must, the floor is a want. I will send photos to see if I can get an estimate, then maybe that will motivate me to be able to do it myself. Sticker shock is a great motivator for me.
September 15th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 07:09pm on 15/09/2017 under
Duck on Pond
September 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 03:33pm on 14/09/2017 under
Be back in 10
September 13th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 07:40pm on 13/09/2017 under
West Coast Lady II

Can we please stop with pumpkin spice? Oh my gosh, there is no need for pumpkin spice cheerios. Or yogurt. Or licorice. Or waffles. Or wheat thins. Or, or, or...

Drove to "the city" for a dental appointment today. Shopped a bit at Target (meh), DSW (meh) and Trader Joe's. The latter used to be a fun stop when I first moved to the boonies. It was a chance to stock up on treats - I've never really liked TJ's for practical things: their produce is overpackaged and anemic-looking, I'm not a big fancy cheese or meat person, etc. Today, TJ's was also kinda meh. I must have rednecked the city girl all the way out of me.

Nothing I purchased was pumpkin spiced.
September 12th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] superbadgirl at 07:13pm on 12/09/2017 under ,

No bifocals. I probably could have ordered new contact lenses, but when I found out they increased by $30 per eye, I decided I can make my current pair work for a bit longer. Eye doc said I'm likely to see a bit of fluctuating from here on out, but no bifocals yet. Whew!

You know, Hank has been with me almost a year and to be honest - I had hoped that the others would have accepted him. I was looking at photos for the last three months of last year, when Pickle was so sick. Before she just couldn't shake the yuck, she and Hank played well. After? She changed. I halfway wonder if she associates him with her illness. You know, like when you were a kid and you vomited soon after eating, say, peanut butter and for a long, long time after you cannot think of peanut butter without getting queasy. I think I am going to try to cordon off three of the downstairs rooms and kind of keep them separated for a bit, reintroduce Hank again. Hmmmm.